Standards of inspection
The State Fire Marshal's Office uses the 2021 Editions of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 101 Life Safety Code and NFPA 1 Fire Code as its standards of inspection with an effective date of September 1, 2023.
The National Fire Protection Association Life Safety Code® (NFPA 101) is the adopted inspection standard of the State Fire Marshal's Office. The Life Safety Code® determines the design, construction, and operation of occupied buildings.
When other codes are utilized for building design elements, the standards of the Life Safety Code® prevail. Any deviation from this standard must be approved by the State Fire Marshal as the Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ). Otherwise, the deviation will be considered a deficiency.
The State Fire Marshal uses additional NFPA fire codes and standards for guidance in assessing and directing the remediation of fire hazards in other than occupied buildings. This action is taken under the authority of the Texas Government Code, § 417.008 and § 417.0081, and the Texas Administrative Code, 28 TAC § 34.301 ff.
NFPA 1 is used by the State Fire Marshal’s Office staff when conducting inspections within their authority.
NFPA’s Hot Work Certification: A certification program from NFPA designed to help those in the construction industry develop awareness and understanding of dangers and safety procedures to promote safety on the work site where hot work occurs.
SFMO directives and resources
- University Campus Liquid Nitrogen Cylinder Explosion (PDF): The State Fire Marshal offers this advice on how colleges and universities can minimize the chances of a gas cylinder-related incident.
- Natural Gas Safety Directive Issued to State Agencies and Universities (PDF): A comprehensive guide covering installation, maintenance, inspection and testing of gas piping systems in state agencies and universities.
- Fire Safety Evaluation Report of Bars, Nightclubs and Dance Halls (Have an EXIT strategy).
- Co-operation with Local Fire Departments: State Universities and Agencies (PDF)
- Co-operation with Local Fire Departments: Texas Facilities Commission and State Agencies (PDF): Compliance with local requirements for accessibility to facilities, compatibility of equipment, adequacy of fire suppression water supplies, and hydrants is necessary for the safety of responding firefighters and preservation of state property.